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In 2003, Ian Welch was on his first combat tour in Iraq. As his battalion waited to storm the Diyala Bridge and seize Baghdad, an artillery shell struck the vehicle behind him, killing two soldiers and knocking Mr. Welch unconscious. When he came to, he was disoriented. His vision was blurred. Blood dripped from his ears. He helped gather the remains of the dead before heading out to take the bridge. He returned to Iraq twice more on combat tours.

Mr. Welch was later diagnosed with chronic PTSD and traumatic brain injury. He now lives in Dallas, Texas, with his girlfriend and government-paid caregiver, Katie Brickman. Every day, he faces the long-term effects of PTSD: bouts of amnesia, insomnia, anxiety, dizziness and vomiting.

Photographer Brandon Thibodeaux spent two months chronicling Mr. Welch’s struggles and with Wall Street Journal photo editors Matthew Craig (Executive Producer) and Kate Lord (Associate Producer), created the video below. This is Mr. Thibodeaux’s account. To read the story and see the complete interactive, click here.

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I’ve come to think of Ian’s way of dealing with PTSD as a protective moat–a barrier he crosses only for doctor’s appointments, haircuts and other necessary outings.

When I was first assigned the story, I was planning on still photographs. But in the end we decided that the complexity of the story required much more, and I needed a different approach. I quickly learned that I needed ample time, as well as video and audio equipment to best tell Ian’s story.

Ian is someone who rarely steps outside of his structured life, so it was essential to gain his trust. In the end, Katie, his girlfriend, was key. She acts as his protector, making sure to blunt potential triggers to his PTSD. Katie studied photography and knew of the work of Tim Hetherington and other war photographers. She convinced Ian The Wall Street Journal project could be therapeutic.

Before I was assigned the story, I knew of PTSD as a combat disorder. After spending days with Ian and Katie, I learned of its long and tenacious grip on everyday life.

I felt it only fair to reveal my own vulnerabilities since Ian exposed so many of his. As a teenager, I underwent chemotherapy for a rare case of lymphoma cancer. While I didn’t face enemy fire or lose friends in a battle, it gave us a patch of common ground. I faced attacks from my own body. And when he described his anxiety and mood swings, it stoked memories of friends I had met at the hospital. I often wondered why I was allowed to survive and they were not. Even Katie’s role with Ian was reminiscent of how my parents must have managed, juggling appointments and providing support.

Once he allowed me access to his home, Ian, Katie, and I spent a lot of time together. It was important to become a part of his routine. Many days were quiet with little to photograph. Since Ian and Katie stayed up late, it made sense for me to stay overnight sometimes.

To understand his deeper, more personal thoughts, I asked Ian to read his journals, and to describe what he recalled from the injury on April 7, 2003. I felt horrible asking to hear such difficult memories. One night, as we finally felt comfortable enough to go over his combat experience, I had to help him walk back into the house. Katie didn’t know how to react when she saw how weak he was. It was a powerful reminder of how difficult it was for him to revisit the most painful parts of his past.

When the project was over, Ian was inundated by phone calls from loved ones. Katie couldn’t thank us enough for spending so much time with Ian and for capturing such an honest portrayal. Ian also talked about the project a lot and was more open to discussing his PTSD. I hope his story and video helps him hear those inner thoughts with better perspective. And I hope his story reaches and comforts others like him.

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Participants danced on a float during the annual Village Halloween Parade in New York City, on Oct. 31. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal)


Sophie Orenstein, 9, participated in Faye Rogaski’s social-skills workshop at the New York Junior League. (Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)


This 1960s townhouse on East 63rd Street is now listed for $38.5 million. Here, looking down into the main living room area. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


Mac Cosmetics makeup artists Chantel Miller and Armando Guajard painted reporter Marshall Heyman’s face as ‘The Incredible Hulk.’ (Astrid Stawiarz for The Wall Street Journal)


The Ode to Elgin ($19) has hot-link sausage, beef brisket and ribs at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at 700 W. 125th St. in New York City. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal )


Boxer Floyd Mayweather and his entourage shopped for jewelry on 47th Street in Manhattan on Nov. 3. (Matthew Craig/The Wall Street Journal)


More than 120 of Maurizio Cattelano’s artworks dangle from the ceiling of the Guggenheim Museum for the artist’s career retrospective, ‘All.’ (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )


A fallen tree rested on power lines in Glastonbury, Conn., on Oct. 30, a day after a major snowstorm hit the Northeast. (Jessica Hill/Associated Press)


The Turducken Meatloaf Sandwich at William Hallet, at 36-10 30th Ave. in Astoria, Queens. (Liz Barclay for The Wall Street Journal )


A bedroom in fabric designer Gianluca Berardi’s three-bedroom duplex in Tribeca. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal)


Players enjoyed free matches of ping pong at Pongtopia at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center in New York City on Nov. 3. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal )


The Metropolitan Opera held its final dress rehearsal for ‘Satyagraha’ on Nov. 2. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Children played in Central Park on Nov. 3 after the New York Road Runners ‘Run with Champions’ event. About 1,000 children participate in 400-meter and 1-mile races at the annual event before the New York City marathon this weekend. (Ramin Talaie for The Wall Street Journal )

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BBC Viewfinder Blog is doing a series of articles this week, each one by a different author looking at the world of photojournalism from a number of angles….

Articles – Michael Kamber: Photojournalism Today (BBC Viewfinder: December 2010)

Articles -  David Campbell: Photojournalism in the age of image abundance (BBC Viewfinder: December 2010))

Articles – Guardian: The Month in Photography (Guardian: December 2010) New Review’s monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books, with images by William Eggleston, Gerda Taro, Bill Brandt, W Eugene Smith, Richard Avedon and many more.

Books…books…..and books…..

A lot of talk about these couple of booklists during the last few days…

Articles / Books – Guardian: Sean O’Hagan: 2010′s best photography books: my personal pick (Guardian: December 2010)

Articles / Books – Guardian: Photography books of the year – reviews (Guardian:  December 2010)

Books The Friends of Phonar Book List (Phonar: December 2010) “We contacted some of the worlds most inspirational photographic practitioners, thinkers, authors and publishers and asked them for a book nomination that “is notable/ inspiring/ seminal/ provocative, in it’s narrative structure/approach or perhaps in it’s ‘discussion’ of narrative” “

Another two book lists…

Articles - Little Brown Mushroom: Alec Soth’s Top 10+ Photobooks of 2010 (LBM: December 2010)

Blogs Best PhotoBooks of 2010 by Jeff Ladd (5B4 blog: 2010)

Damon Winter has done a series 360 degrees panoramas of US Soldiers in Afghanistan for the New York Times’ A Year At War series

Features and Essays – Damon Winter: Panoramas: Views From a Year at War (NYT: December 2010)

Features and Essays - TIME: The Best Portraits from TIME 2010 (TIME: December 2010)

Features and Essays - Camine Galasso: Too Painful to Remember, or to Forget (NYT Lens: December 2010) the book

Features and Essays - Katja Heineman: Living with HIV (AARP: 2010)

Features and Essays - Danny Wilcox Frazier: Detroit (burn: December 2010

Features and Essays – Shiho Fukada: Christians in Iraq (NYT: December 2010)

Features and Essays - Tyler Hicks: Blast in Kandahar Kills Six (NYT: December 2010)

Kudos to New York Times…….they commit to hiring Joao Silva, full time…

Articles - Nicholas D. Kristof: What Makes an Employee Proud (NYT: December 2010)

Articles – NYT Lens: A Special Visit for Joao Silva’s Recovery (NYT Lens: December 2010)

Articles – Guardian: Photo Editor Roger Tooth: William and Kate: Mario Testino fails his history test (Guardian: December 2010) If the royal family must commission official portraits, let’s have some stiff formality – not this 80s sofa warehouse effort

VideosThe Genius of Photography (Youtube: 2010)

Interviews and Talks - Joop Masterclass 2010 Masters Jodi Bieber and Alejandro Castellote (WPP: 2010)

InterviewsEamonn McCabe (PDN: December 2010) What makes a lasting image, and how choosing photographs for a history book differs from choosing images for daily news stories.

InterviewsMatt Craig (Leica blog: 2010) Matthew Craig, a professional photographer and photo editor, lives in the core of the Big Apple — New York, NY. A founding member of MJR and Page One Photo Editor for The Wall Street Journal.

InterviewsAdam Patterson (LCC Head of College blog: December 2010)

PhotographersUlysse Lefebvre

Grants – PDN: Grant deadline: Humble Arts Foundation accpeting applications for $1,000 grant until Dec 30. (PDN: December 2010)

Parallelo Zero has a added yet another photographer to their roster

Agencies – Parallelo Zero photographers: Simone Cerio (PZ: 2010)

Amanda Rivkin on Verve Photo….

Articles – Verve Photo: Amanda Rivkin (Verve: December 2010)

Awards - BJP: Canadian photographer wins Travel Photographer of the Year title (BJP: December 2010)

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